Where to Donate to Hurricane Florence Recovery:


Hurricane Florence is currently devouring the coast of my beloved home state, but it’s not done yet, it will be here for days, visiting both us and our neighbors to the south. This is the biggest storm to hit us in decades, as you can see from the image above, the storm is quite literally bigger than us.

I’m fairly inland in North Carolina, so our biggest concern is flooding from the rains later on. I’ll be fine. It’s the eastern half of our state and South Carolina that will not come out on top. Please, if you have any means to consider donating to help rebuild and recover. I’m publishing this post before the storm ends because I know that storms like these slip out of national news quickly, even though it take the region years to recover.

To donate to the people hit by Florence:

To donate to the animals hit by Florence:

A Day at the Aiken Polo Club


It’s been a month since my adventure down to Aiken, South Carolina. I wanted to spread out these two posts a little bit so I would overwhelm everyone with horse pictures.

Sometimes when I get really into taking pictures I seriously wonder whether I should drop everything and become a horse photographer, not necessarily because I’m the best at it, but just because I honestly enjoy it and am always pleased with my results.

This was my first polo match, I enjoyed watching it, but I’m definitely glad it’s not the horse sport I went into.  It takes more hand-eye coordination than I will ever have!

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The Aiken Steeplechase


I was in Aiken South Carolina this weekend. A family friend of ours has a place down there and welcomed us for some of the fall horse festivities! I got to go to my first steeplechase and my first polo game (watch for another post).

To put it simply, it’s a world away from barrel racing. It’s on the opposite end of the horse spectrum, but man is it something I could get used to. We just don’t have open bars and buffets in the rodeo world.

Enjoy some gorgeous athletes (and their riders). I had a wonderful time watching them in their zone.

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The Marina:

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These are from my trip to Hilton Head, while taking the first one my dad was standing behind me asking me why I was taking a picture of the fishing poles so I showed him the picture and he goes “well, I guess that answers that.” Sometimes I have a better eye than others, but most of my good pictures come from taking pictures that seem a little silly or redundant.

But I’m not crazy, I know that the best picture is that one of the two dolphins and the boat. They were doing dolphin tours and I got to witness it from the dock without paying a cent!

Charleston Market:


Oh me oh my. This was perhaps my favorite part since I could afford the market but not the higher end stores! I didn’t exactly buy anything from either, but it’s much more enjoyable to look at things that you could buy if you truly wanted too. Sadly most of the artwork I couldn’t take pictures of for legal reasons, but I was able to take a few. There were a ton of amazing art prints, but as for unique art the butterflies below were my favorite! The baskets at the end were all made of sea grass and the women at the stands were even making a few as we passed by. Definitely a must see while in Charleston. IMG_1560 IMG_1555IMG_1558IMG_1561

Charleston South Carolina: Sea Breeze and Southern Charm

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My sister’s bachelorette weekend took place in Charleston, and though it’s only a state away, I’ve never been before! We spent a ton of time on the beach, but it was the city that stole my heart (which if you know me well you know is not normally the case!). The charm is undeniable, and it was everything it was talked up to be. Good food, good shopping, horses, and beautiful houses (worth more than I’ll make in my life). I wish I had been there for longer to really explore everything it has to offer, and I’ll tell you, I will be back! For now let me share some of my favorite shots, none of them being of the buildings you normally see of Rainbow Row and the Battery. There was much more to see than that!